Pathologist determines Chris Johns’ death caused by epilepsy |

Pathologist determines Chris Johns’ death caused by epilepsy

Chris Johns, of Wheels Bike Shop in Steamboat Springs.
Joel Reichenberger

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A pathologist has determined that Steamboat Springs business owner Chris “Johnsie” Johns, 51, died from complications related to epilepsy.

The official cause of death was listed as sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, SUDEP is the sudden, unexpected death of someone with epilepsy, who was otherwise healthy.

“Each year, about one in 1,000 adults and one in 4,500 children with epilepsy die from SUDEP,” the foundation states on its website. “This is the leading cause of death in people with uncontrolled seizures.”

The exact cause of death in SUDEP is unknown, according the foundation, but some researchers believe it may be related to difficulty breathing or an irregular heart rhythm caused by a seizure.

Friends and family are hosting events this weekend to celebrate Johns’ life.

There will be bike rides leaving from Wheels Bike Shop at 11 a.m. Saturday. People will meet for skiing at 11 a.m. Sunday at the top of the gondola.

A fundraising page has been set up at to help pay for the weekend events and a memorial.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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